Emergency Management

integrated-preparedness-cyclePolk County Emergency Management spends every day preparing the County for a variety of disasters, both large and small.  These plans apply to all-hazards, both manmade and natural.  Polk County is committed to a whole-community approach to emergency planning. 

Everyone should take steps to minimize the impact of disasters on their family.  Do you have a plan? Is your family prepared for an emergency? What can you do to make sure you're ready for anything? 
  • Make sure you can get emergency notifications from Polk County. Sign up for CodeRED.  
  • Visit Ready.gov to find out more about preparedness.  
  • Also, check out the newly renovated Ready Wisconsin website for more ideas and information 
Hazardous Materials are found in several locations in Polk County.  The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act requires us to plan for the possibility of a release of these potentially hazardous substances. In conjunction with these laws the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was formed to help identify priorities and provide oversight to local emergency planning. All plans are available in the office of Emergency Management. 

This plan outlines possible natural hazards and identifies ways to mitigate the impacts in Polk County.  A new plan is in the works and will gain input from across the county to form a new plan for the next five years. 
Polk County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2017-2022


Polk County Justice Center
1005 West Main St,
Suite 900
Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Emergency Management Coordinator
Lisa McMahon
Phone: (715) 485-9280
Office Hours:
M-F, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Emergency Management

About Emergency Management
The Four Phases of Emergency Management

"Preparedness" is conducted before a disaster occurs in order to build emergency management capacity. It has three elements: the development of emergency response plans; training on our plans and possible hazards, practicing at putting the plans into effect (exercises); and public education. Preparedness planning seeks to anticipate problems and project possible solutions to minimize disaster damage.

"Response" activities provide emergency assistance to save lives, preserve property and protect the environment. A goal of all emergency responders is to reduce the probability of additional injuries or damage, and to start the recovery process as soon as possible.

"Recovery" is the process of returning systems to normal levels, such as replacing a bridge that was washed away by flooding, or long term cleanup after a storm. Some activities can be accomplished in the short term, such as adding gravel to washed out roads; while other activities take years, such as rebuilding a community.

"Mitigation" activities normally occur before an emergency or disaster, or directly on the heels of a disaster. Such activities include installing sirens, adopting flood plain and/or zoning regulations, and creating building codes that include plans for storm shelters. The primary purpose for mitigation is to eliminate or reduce the probability of a disaster, such as a chemical spill or flood. It will include action to postpone, dissipate or lessen the effects of the disaster.
Emergency Messages
Excessive Heat Advisory

See below for information on available Cooling Centers through out the County.